- 01 Oct 2004
- IOC News
A skiing legend has left us
Germany's Alpine skiing legend Christl Cranz died at the end of September at the age of 90. Christl Cranz won two Olympic titles in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936. Her Olympic combined slalom victory represented the first ever Olympic Alpine skiing title; she then went on to win the slalom.
Controversy in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Alpine skiing appeared on the programme for the first time, bringing with it much controversy. Taking a contrary stance to that of the International Skiing Federation (FIS), the International Olympic Committee decided that ski instructors could not take part in the Olympic Games, as they were professionals. The Austrian and Swiss skiers were disgusted by this and boycotted the competition. The dispute continued after these Games and it was decided that skiing would not be included on the programme of the 1940 Games.
The greatest champion in the history of skiing
With an additional 11 world championship titles and three silver medals won between 1934 and 1941, Christl Cranz remains the most successful Alpine skier in history. She won between 280 and 330 races.
Author of many books
After her sports career, the skier and her husband founded a ski school, which she managed until 1987. She continued to ski until very recently and also wrote many books on how to ski.